After taking the Pitts pictures I remembered a blogpost I once wrote for another blog.
It was titled: ‘how to take pictures through a canopy’. The Pitts pictures were taken from the Extra 300. Ideal for speed, maneuverability and all round view, but there’s a canopy. And sometimes a canopy can be a pain in the ass. I gonna focus on some problems that may show up and give some solutions.
The canopy can be dirty or scratched; it can distort your picture or change it’s color…
Before taking off for the photoflight it’s a good thing to check your photoship. If the canopy is dirty you can ask the pilot for something to clean it. Don’t just start to clean it yourself as you may scratch something or make it worse and that would probably be your last flight…
It’s good to know this before you take off so you can brief the pilots how to fly. Inflight you can direct the subject to the right spot!
Another annoying thing are canopies that work as a colourfilter. Some canopies will change the colour of your picture. Your pictures have more blue or green (or another colour) in it than it should have, fortunately photoshop will do the trick here.
The last thing to keep in mind are the reflections. These can completely ruin an otherwise perfect shot, as shown below. You can reduce them by wearing one-toned dark clothes and by directing the plane away from the reflections. Another possibility is a rubber lenshood. You can put it against the canopy without scratching anything and you’ll lose all the reflections!
There are probably more possible problems, but these are the once I have experienced. They might seem logic and trivial, but they are forgotten easily. I hope this can help some photographers, comments and feedback are welcome!
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